Times of Israel: Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid should be commended for his endorsement of a two-state solution in his address in front of the UN General Assembly in New York on September 22, 2022. Sadly, such a bold affirmation, opposed by former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his right-wing cohorts, might have come a little too late to see the light of day.
Lapid’s courageous public commitment to the only formula that could see a permanent and lasting peace between Israel and the Palestinians comes at a critical juncture for both Israel and Palestine. It is a political gamble for Lapid, coming just weeks before the fifth round of Israeli national elections in five years. There is no guarantee whatsoever that Lapid and his allies might be the ones forming the next Israeli government. It is too early to predict whether his UN statement could help or hinder his election prospects.
Conversely, the Palestinian Authority has been facing one of the most severe internal challenges to its authority in the West Bank since losing control of the Gaza Strip to Hamas in 2007. To compound matters for both sides, the violence perpetrated by Israeli settlers and Palestinians in the West Bank has reached a feverish level, with both sides attacking each other almost nightly. Hence the timing of Lapid’s call for a two-state solution is poignantly coming at a precarious time.
US President Joe Biden quickly commented that he “could not agree more” with Lapid’s assertion that “an agreement with the Palestinians, based on two states for two peoples, is the right thing for Israel’s security, for Israel’s economy, and the future of our children.” Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, noted in his address to the UN General Assembly one day later that Lapid’s talk of the two-state solution was a “positive step.” Read More …
Opinion: 1st rule of thumb: When a Jewish leader agrees with Joe Biden on Middle East policy, take the other side of the argument – the Bible is on your side.
2nd rule of thumb: When Jacob gives up his God-ordained land to Esau, it will always result in massive death.
3rd rule of thumb: When trying to decide about dividing God’s land, don’t. Ask Donald Trump, he is no longer a president after the ‘deal of the century’.
If there are still Jewish people who have not figured out that God has their backs in conflict against their enemies, they need to dust off their Bibles.
Judges 7: God reduced the Israeli army against the Midianites (descendants of Abraham’s Gentile second wife Keturah) by 22,000 men and only 10,000 remained. After another test of the Israelites, the army was reduced to 300 men. You probably guessed the end: the Israelites defeated the mighty Midianite army.
“When the three hundred blew the trumpets, the Lord set every man’s sword against his companion throughout the whole camp; and the army fled to Beth Acacia, toward Zererah, as far as the border of Abel Meholah, by Tabbath.” Judges 7:22
2 Chronicles 20: When the people of Ammon and Moab (descendants of Lot) and Mount Seir (Edom) came to attack the Israelites “the Spirit of the Lord came upon Jahaziel:
15 And he said, “Listen, all you of Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem, and you, King Jehoshaphat! Thus says the Lord to you: ‘Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s.
And all three armies were defeated.
1967 war: Egypt, Syria, and Jordan were about to launch a massive attack on the rag-tag Israeli army. Borrowing from the Book of Esther, the Jews pre-empted the attack and defeated all three armies in 6 days.
East and west Jerusalem were reunited after 2000 years.
Future Gog Magog war: Ezekiel prophesies that Russia, Iran, Turkey and at least 4 North African states will launch an all out attack to end the Jewish state once and for all. Ezekiel 38-39 foretells the outcome:
“I will summon a sword against Gog on all my mountains, declares the Sovereign Lord. Every man’s sword will be against his brother. 22 I will execute judgment on him with plague and bloodshed; I will pour down torrents of rain, hailstones and burning sulfur on him and on his troops and on the many nations with him.” Ezekiel 38:21-22
Does anyone else see a pattern here?